11/24/15 5:21pm

Now that the Howard Hughes Corporation, owner of the Landmark Mall in Alexandria, Virginia, is FINALLY getting ready to do the long-awaited makeover of the mall, they have released a new website promising a new live-shop-dine urban village. The site is where you can keep up-to-date with the latest developments.

Check out the renderings!

11/24/15 3:01pm

Deputy Fire Chief of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Corey SmedleyFire Chief Robert C. Dubé has announced the appointment of Corey Smedley as Deputy Fire Chief of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, effective December 7, 2015.

“Emergency preparedness and response are essential components of our public safety system, and Corey’s expertise will be very valuable,” said Dubé.  “Corey’s leadership in planning and coordination will support the role each member of our community plays in being prepared for emergencies and reporting hazards.”

Most recently, Smedley served as the Deputy Chief of the Prince George’s County (Md.) Fire/EMS Department responsible for administrative services and budget.  He began his career with the department in 1995 as a firefighter, and has served in roles as varied as Fire Marshal, Special Events Coordinating Chair, and Fedex Field Stadium Commander.  (more…)

11/24/15 2:40pm

Helen McIlvaine imageCity Manager Mark B. Jinks has announced the appointment of Helen S. McIlvaine as Director of Housing for the City of Alexandria, effective November 23, 2015.  McIlvaine has served as Acting Director since January 1.

“Housing affordability is a top priority for City government, and Helen has been an outstanding leader on this important issue,” said Jinks. “I look forward to her continued work to ensure that a range of affordable, quality housing options is available in Alexandria.”

McIlvaine joined the Office of Housing in 2006 as Deputy Director, where she worked with the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation, other nonprofit and private developers, and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA), to structure and finance projects that incorporate affordable housing.  She supervised the Housing Implementation Division, which provides homeownership assistance loans for first time buyers, home rehabilitation loans and housing counseling.


11/24/15 1:57pm

The Alexandria Marketing Fund is a grant program that provides seed money in the form of matching funds for new and innovative marketing programs. The program also provides grants for the expansion of ongoing or pre-existing programs. The Fund is designed to increase revenues within the city by fostering public/private partnerships that promote Alexandria as a destination for visiting, shopping and dining, and doing business. The Marketing Fund seeks to support marketing programs that demonstrate how they will become financially self-sustaining over time.

Applications are now being accepted; applicants must review the Marketing Fund website and online application form before applying for funding. The next application deadline is December 18, 2015.  (more…)

11/24/15 12:48pm

MorganRouttCity Manager Mark B. Jinks has announced that Morgan E. Routt will serve as Director of Management and Budget for the City of Alexandria, effective November 21, 2015.  Routt has served as Acting Director since April 1.

“Morgan’s excellent work on nearly two decades of City budgets has given him a unique and valuable perspective on how our community allocates resources,” said Jinks. “I look forward to Morgan’s continued leadership in this important area of City government.”

Routt joined the City in 1999 as a Budget Analyst, and became Assistant Director in 2010. In addition to his role within the City’s budget team, he has represented the City in the development of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s FY2011 to FY2016 capital funding agreement, as a member of the financial working group on the start-up of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, and currently on the Waste-to-Energy facility monitoring group.

Routt is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association. Prior to his work in Alexandria, Routt worked for Prince William County’s Office of Management and Budget and Department of Public Works.

Routt holds bachelor’s degree in government and international politics from George Mason University and a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Tech.

11/24/15 11:25am

Powerful Documentary to raise awareness of Heroin and Prescription Drug Epidemic

Free regional screenings scheduled for OAG-produced film to educate Virginians on the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs, which killed more Virginians in 2014 than car crashes

mark-herringIn response to a heroin and prescription drug epidemic that claimed more lives in Virginia in 2014 than car crashes, Attorney General Mark R. Herring is premiering Heroin: The Hardest Hit, a powerful documentary about the danger of heroin and prescription drugs and their impact on Virginia families and communities. The documentary, which was produced by the Office of Attorney General, features Virginians telling their own stories of addiction, overdose and recovery, and it features powerful testimony from parents who lost their children to an overdose, as well as law enforcement and healthcare professionals working to address the problem. The movie, which will be available free of charge to schools, faith organizations, law enforcement, public health organizations, and others, is part of Attorney General Herring’s efforts to educate Virginians on these dangerous drugs and prevent abuse and addiction.  (more…)

11/24/15 11:12am

ACPS redistricting timeline for Alexandria, Virginia

Extension of Redistricting Process to Late Spring

On Monday, the Alexandria City School Board voted to extend the process of redistricting by three months to tie in with the City of Alexandria’s budget process and allow for a fuller discussion around programming changes needed to ensure academic excellence.

The change in the timeline follows a recommendation by the Redistricting Review Committee last week that the redistricting process should be extended until late spring 2016 and possibly further, to ensure that the process of altering boundaries is implicitly tied to other criteria including high academic performance.

The late spring timeline fits better with Alexandria’s budget process, as the City does not finalize their budget until May. This will give both the School Board and Redistricting Review Committee a clearer idea of what parts of the school modernization program the City intends to support before they make a final recommendation. The School Board had originally agreed to a tentative timeline that had them voting on a recommendation in February 2016. (more…)